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Guess Who?

Flag of New Orleans

Flag of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A slave’s grandson was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans,
known as the “Back of Town”.

His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his  sister had to live with their grandmother. Early in life, he proved to be gifted for music and, with three other kids, he sang in the streets of New Orleans and his first gains were
the coins that were thrown to them.
A Jewish family, Karnovsky, who had immigrated from  Lithuania to the USA , had pity for the 7-year-old boy and  brought him into their home. Initially given ‘work’ in the  House, to feed this hungry child. Then he remained and slept,  in this Jewish family, where, for the first time in his
life  he was treated with kindness and tenderness.

When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian Lullaby that he  would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and  Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family. The Karnovskys gave him money to buy his first  trumpet; as was the custom in the Jewish families, they  sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became  a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish  melodies in compositions, such as “St. James Infirmary” and  “Go down, Moses“.
The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this  Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this  family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of  David and he said that it is in this family that he had
learned “how to live real life and determination. ”

This little boy was called Louis Armstrong

English: Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter Franç...

English: Louis Armstrong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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16 comments on “Guess Who?

  1. donnajeanmcdunn
    November 3, 2013

    I always knew Louis Armstrong was a gifted man and very special man, but I never thought about how he grew up. His story is amazing. Thank you for sharing. I’ll never hear his music again without thinking about this.

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    • Judy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks for commenting so glad you enjoyed it cheers Judy 🙂

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  2. cindy knoke
    November 3, 2013

    just perfect! thank you~

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    • Judy
      November 4, 2013

      Hi Cindy, it makes you believe in human kindness doesn’t it? Sometimes all we hear are the negative things. Nice to hear some positive stuff. cheers Judy 🙂

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  3. drewdog2060drewdog2060
    November 3, 2013

    You have inspired me to read up on Armstrong and to listen to more of his music.

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    • Judy
      November 4, 2013

      So glad you enjoyed it cheers Judy 🙂

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  4. ritaroberts
    November 3, 2013

    WOW ! What an incredible story which I never knew, and I play Louis Armstrong music to this day. Matter of fact I listened to him singing with Ella Fitzgerald only this week. Thank you for enlightening us with your post.

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    • Judy
      November 4, 2013

      Hi Rita, so glad you liked this post he’s was a wonderful man and they were compassionate and loving people weren’t they? cheers Judy 🙂

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  5. sachemspeaks
    November 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    Thanks to my friend Judy

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  6. dorannrule
    November 4, 2013

    I never knew that. What a warm and wonderful story this is. Thanks so much for sharing it Judy.

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    • Judy
      November 4, 2013

      It is a warm and wonderful story isn’t it? Just goes to show what love and determination can do. cheers Judy 🙂

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  7. NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE
    November 4, 2013

    This is a story for all time. I’ve read about it and heard about it before, and it’s a story everyone needs to know about. Very happy you decided to pass it on again. Louis SATCHMO Armstrong and his legacy was (and still is) an amazing life. THANK YOU!

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  8. oldpoet56
    November 4, 2013

    Very nice piece, thank you for this real history lesson, thank you for the post.

    ted

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    • Judy
      November 7, 2013

      Hi Ted so glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for commenting cheers Judy 🙂

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  9. Monica
    November 9, 2013

    Lovely to hear.

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    • Judy
      November 9, 2013

      Thanks Monica glad you enjoyed it cheers Judy 🙂

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